How To Have A Thankful Heart
by Coach Joette
“You thrill me, Lord, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what You have done.” ~Psalms 92:4
It seems that more and more people are decorating their homes for Halloween each year. Some homes have more elaborate decorations then they do at Christmas. Retailers start putting out Halloween decorations in mid-summer. Oftentimes Christmas decorations are also being set out that early to get the maximum retail impact. But there is a holiday in between Halloween and Christmas that is almost forgotten – THANKSGIVING.
This holiday started way back when the Pilgrims had come to America to escape religious persecution and had endured a very harsh and unforgiving winter. They had done so by the help of a tribe of Native Americans. The Native Americans then taught the Pilgrims how to survive and prepare for the upcoming winter. As a result, the Pilgrims had such an abundance of provisions that they invited their new friends for a feast to show them their gratitude.
Today we continue that celebration but the day is almost a day in which people just hurry through in order to get to Christmas. You can even go Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day! There are a lot of Thanksgiving fans out there that keep the day alive but those numbers are dwindling each year. Why have we lost interest in taking the time to be truly thankful? It’s one of my favorite holidays! It’s a day where family and friends can get together and show each other how grateful we are to have them in our lives. There are no costumes to figure out and we never have to worry if we’ve purchased that perfect gift. It’s just one day set aside to do nothing but reflect on the abundance we’ve been given.
I recently watched a video by Dave Ramsey, founder of Financial Peace University. He said that we, Americans, have more wealth and don’t realize it much less be grateful for it. He had statistics that showed that if you earn more than $36,000 a year, you are in the top 1% of the wealthiest people in the world – The. World. And if you own a cell phone, computer, TV, and a car, you are in the top 10%! Isn’t that mind blowing? Almost every home in America qualifies to be in the top 10% of the wealthiest people in the world! And yet we think we have it so tough and we want more. We complain that we don’t have as much as the next guy. Taking one day a year to celebrate how blessed we are shouldn’t be a chore – it should be celebrated with as much enthusiasm as Christmas!
This year as we approach Thanksgiving, let’s give credit where credit is due by sitting down and counting our blessings to cultivate a thankful heart. The Bible has hundreds of verses about having a grateful heart. Everything we have is because God has blessed us beyond measure. Tell Him on Thanksgiving and every other day, how thankful you are for His provision. If you’re having trouble being thankful, consider this:
1. Do you have a cell phone, computer, TV, and a car? Hooray! You are rich in the site of the world.
2. Do you have a warm home to live in, warm clothes to wear, and food to eat? Hooray! You are rich in the site of the world.
3. Do you have family and friends who love you? Hooray! You truly are the richest person in the world.
4. And if you have your health, that’s an added blessing because many people in the world have poor or non-existent medical care.
This year, at your Thanksgiving celebration, have paper and pens ready. Then have your guests list 10 things they are thankful for. Let’s get in the habit of feeling grateful not entitled.